Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand Armed Chenrezig Chenrezig

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The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne (“nyoong-nay”) has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Participants say the practice purifies them both physically and spiritually. This volume is the only comprehensive treatment in English of these powerful teachings.

Nyungne is a profound, two-and-a-half-day practice, a length of time especially helpful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat. It involves the keeping of ...

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Overview

The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne (“nyoong-nay”) has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Participants say the practice purifies them both physically and spiritually. This volume is the only comprehensive treatment in English of these powerful teachings.

Nyungne is a profound, two-and-a-half-day practice, a length of time especially helpful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat. It involves the keeping of strict vows; the second day is devoted to complete silence and fasting. The meditation centers on the recitations, mantras, and guided visualizations of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the buddhas’ loving-kindness and compassion. Translated as “abiding in the fast,” Nyungne is said to be effective in the healing of illness, the nurturing of compassion, and the purification of negative karma.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this book, Wangchen Rinpoche has given clear and comprehensive instruction on how to undertake the Nyungne practice. Not only that, but by including stories of the great past masters who have undertaken the practice, accounts of the benefits it has brought, as well as auxiliary practices and recitations, he offers a wealth of background information that will serve as a rich source of knowledge and inspiration."—H.H. the Dalai Lama

"Detailed without being overbearing. . . . Clear in its approach and language. For anyone considering embarking on a Nyungne retreat, this book is recommended."—Elephant Journal

"A detailed guide to the fasting and meditative steps necessary to gain the most from this crisp, useful practice. Wangchen spends fair portions of the book addressing Buddhist history and stories, and students of Buddhism will appreciate his lucid expositions and tales. . . . These narrations give the student of Nyungne the important background and moreover the mindset needed to engage in the practice. In many ways, this is the greatest value of this wonderful tome."—New Age Retailer

"A valuable resource for people interested in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and Buddhist fasting methods. Scholars of Buddhism will find that Rinpoche knows what he is talking about, as he provides an in-depth look at the Nyunge method and tradition."—The Feminist Review

"A highly recommended and worthy addition to any Tibetan Buddhist Studies collection."—Wisconsin Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393171
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wangchen Rinpoche is a student of Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, with whom he lived and traveled from an early age, and is a master practitioner of Nyungne.

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Table of Contents

Foreword H.H. the Dalai Lama xv

Introduction 1

Definition of Nyungne Practice 1

Source of the Practice 1

Level of Practice (Where Nyungne Belongs) 2

General Benefits of the Practice 3

Section 1

1 Eleven-Faced, Thousand-Armed Chenrezig 7

The History of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig 8

2 Benefits of the Practice 11

Obscurations of Body, Speech, and Mind 11

How Purification Works 12

Purification of Body, Speech, and Mind 13

Story of the Woman Who Killed Many People 14

3 Importance of Lineage and Guru 17

Gelongma Palmo's Biography 18

Gelongma Palmo's Disciples 21

Khenchen Tashi Ozer 38

An Inspirational Story 39

Section 2

4 Praises to the Buddha, The Twelve Deeds 43

5 Thirty-five Buddhas Confession Prayer 51

The Three Heaps: 51

First Heap: Homage by Prostration 51

Second Heap: Confession 52

Third Heap: Dedication 53

The Four Powers: 54

Power of Reliance 54

Power of Remorse 54

Power of Remedy 54

Power of Commitment 55

6 The Vows Of Nyungne 57

The Eight-Precepts Vow 57

The Sojong Vow 58

The Eight Vows of the Restoring and Purifying Ordination 67

The Powerful Benefits of the Sojong Vow 72

7 Seven-Branch Offering Prayer 75

The First Branch Prayer: Prostration 76

The Benefits of Prostration 77

The Second Branch Prayer: Offering 78

The Third Branch Prayer: Confession 80

The Fourth Branch Prayer: Rejoicing 82

The Fifth Branch Prayer: Request to Turn the Dharma Wheel 83

The Sixth Branch Prayer: Beseeching Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Not to Pass into Nirvana 84

The Seventh Branch Prayer: Dedication of Merit 86

Accumulation of Merit and Wisdom 87

8 Visualization 89

Fieldof Accumulation of Merit Phase 90

The Three Aspects of Deity Yoga: Clarity, Purity, and Stability 90

The Three Sattvas 91

Complete Steps of the Creation Phase (Self-Generation) 91

Deity Meditation with Five Purifications and Perfections, Blessing Being the Sixth 93

Essential Elements of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig 94

Additional Aspects of the Visualization and Their Meanings 97

Self-Generation Continued 98

The Frontal Visualization for the Purpose of Worship 100

Section 3

9 Mantras of Nyungne 105

Benefits of the Recitation of the Dharani 105

Benefits of the Six-Syllable Mantra 107

How the Six-Syllable Mantra Relates to the External, Internal, and Secret Aspects 114

Recitation of the Mantra Is of Six Different Kinds 116

The Power of Mantra 119

Benefits of Practice 120

Songtsen Gompo's Verses on the Mantra Om Mani Peme Hung 121

Additional Dharanis and Mantras 126

10 Explanation of the Po Homage Prayer 133

Praise to Chenrezig's Body 136

Praise to the Qualities of Chenrezig's Mind 141

Praise to the Quality of Chenrezig's Supreme Knowledge 141

Praise to the Quality of Chenrezig's Compassion 142

Praise to Chenrezig's Speech 144

Benefits of the Praise 145

Benefits of the Prostrations 146

11 Ending Prayers and Offerings 149

The Special Wish Prayer and Torma Offerings 149

Receiving Blessing Water at the End of the Ceremony: Final Purifying Symbol 150

Ending the Fast 151

Concluding the Practice 152

Final Confession 152

Completion Phase 152

The Actual Self-Dissolution 152

Section 4

12 Preparation for the Actual Ceremony 157

Preparing Oneself 157

Empowerment and Instruction 159

Preparing the Shrine 159

Location of the Practice 161

Auspicious Days to Do the Practice 162

13 Actual Practice 165

Three Components of Perfection 165

Nyungne Practice 166

Cleanliness 167

Power of Breaking the Vows 168

Pure Physical Action 170

Additional Rules 172

Food and Drink 172

Bending the Rules 174

Samaya Commitments of Nyungne 175

Section 5

14 Benefits of Vegetarian Diet and Fasting 181

Vegetarian Diet 182

Spiritual Benefits 185

15 The Suffering of Sentient Beings 189

Animals Are Sentient Beings 189

Karmic Habits 192

Animal Cruelty 194

Lunar Feast 198

Conclusion 198

16 Questions and Answers 201

Section 6

Nyungne Practice Text

Praises to the Buddha, The Twelve Deeds 206

Heartfelt Praise to Lord Chenrezig 214

Thirty-five Buddhas Confession Prayer 218

The Fasting Ritual of the Noble Eleven-Faced Chenrezig, Called the Omnipresent Happy Omen 226

Additional Prayers

Dedication of Merit 268

Offering Prayer (before a meal) 270

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